All kids need safe, intellectually stimulating options that will allow families to continue working. Having a private tutor or joining a pod is a luxury not every family can afford. Having spent the majority of our teaching careers in underserved, urban areas, we know that inequality is rampant and kids are the innocent, voiceless victims. For that reason, we are donating a portion of proceeds for at risk kids. Families have the option of adding to that amount upon check out.
While joining a pod is not always possible, we are available to work with families on a pro-bono basis, helping them to navigate the requirements of online schooling. Working with families referred by our partners at Title I schools, we are available for online support, daily check ins, and virtual scholarship classes. Each month, we will partner with a family to support their child's success and monitor them as this pandemic progresses.
One of the major sources of inequality relates to access to technology. As schools move to remote learning, at-risk kids will immediately fall behind. That is why we are setting aside 20% of proceeds to purchase refurbished Chromebooks for kids in need. Because we have worked with Title I schools for over 20 years, we have immediate connections to families in need. In addition, if the families we work with want to donate their Chromebooks, Ipads, Kindles etc, we know the perfect recipients for them.
What will technology do without internet? Luckily, our local internet provider, Cox, has a program for at-risk kids in Louisiana. For families who sign up for a month long class, they can contribute an extra $10 a month for one at-risk family's Connect2Compete Program. This program offers connectivity for kids eligible for Free and Reduced Lunch at Title I schools in Louisiana.